Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
I personally like grassfed better. Most of our cows at home don't know what grain is. They are on a strict grass (in the summer) and hay (in the 5 or 6 months of winter that we get here) diet. They tend to get fat! If that cow isn't feeding a calf they end up with rolls of fat around the tail head. We also are organic as possible, no dewormers, no delicer, no vaccinations. There is a natural alternative for the common problems... Diatomaceous Earth for lice, basic H for worms... and many other natural remedies. That being said, if we get a sick cow, it gets the veterinary care that it needs.
Most grass fed grazers use paddock grazing. You rotate the cows every day to a new temporary paddock. It works well for the cows and does wonders for the pasture as well. We have used this technique for around 6 years now. It has improved every pasture we have used it on. It goes well with the planting your land once and that's it. You can improve the land so much that you never need to reseed it. We turned a 20+ year old hay field (that was dying) into a lush thick pasture with a couple years of intensive grazing and one year of bale grazing. Bale grazing is where you set round bales in a grid, pull all the strings off, and, using temporary electric fencing, letting the cows have a couple of bales at a time. There is a lot of 'waste', and the first year it looks like you killed the grass where the bale was sitting, but the second year the growth was incredible! If you do want to try grass fed look up The Stockman GrassFarmer.
I wish you all the best in what ever direction you go with cows. They can be a lot of fun, even if there is a lot of work and head aches.
I figure if a girl wants to be a LEGEND, she should just go ahead and be one. ~Calamity Jane